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Video: Making games better with psychology, the Uncharted way  
by Staff [01.04.19]
In this GDC 2012 session, Richard Lemarchand (formerly of Naughty Dog) tries to dispel some of the confusion about how video games keep players engaged.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Red Dead Redemption 2 leads list of GDC 2019 Choice Awards nominees!  
by Staff [01.04.19]
Other games receiving multiple nominations include Sony Santa Monica's God of War, Insomniac's Marvel's Spider-Man, and Lucas Pope's innovative puzzle whodunnit game Return of the Obra Dinn!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: 7 great stealth encounters in games that are worth studying 4
by Staff [01.04.19]
From The Last Of Us to Deus Ex to Hitman: Blood Money, devs share some of their favorite stealth encounters in games and explain why they're so memorable -- and so worth studying.
Console/PC, Design

Attend GDC and see how a real escape room became an Alexa audio adventure  
by Staff [01.04.19]
At GDC 2019 veteran game dev Dave Grossman will give you a rare look at the unique game dev challenges presented by voice-controlled narrative for voice assistants and, by extension, AR/VR!
Social/Online, Audio, Design, GDC

Half-Life 2 and Portal writer Erik Wolpaw has rejoined Valve 1
by Chris Kerr [01.04.19]
Half-Life 2 and Portal writer Erik Wolpaw has rejoined Valve nearly two years after leaving the studio. 
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: How composers can evoke powerful emotions through user research  
by Staff [01.03.19]
In this GDC 2012 session, Bungie composers Brandi House and Marty O'Donnell discuss insights uncovered through user research about how people feel in response to music in games.
Audio, Design, Video

Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch' was loosely inspired by a cancelled game 2
by Emma Kidwell [01.03.19]
Chris Scullion of Tired Old Hack wrote up the rise and fall behind Bandersnatch, beginning by introducing the Liverpool-based development studio behind the endeavor, Imagine Software.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Crystal Dynamics is looking for an experienced Camera Designer  
by Staff [01.03.19]
Crystal Dynamics is looking for a dev to ensure a smooth and seamless player experience through a rich and epic narrative experience.
Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: How Everything connects the arts of animation and game design  
by Staff [01.03.19]
There's a subtle link between Everything's playable characters and the early history of animation. Watch developer David OReilly explain it in this live-streamed interview.
Console/PC, Design

2019 Independent Games Festival reveals this year's finalists!  
by Staff [01.03.19]
From Return of the Obra Dinn to Speed Dating for Ghosts to Noita, IGF organizers are excited to announce the finalists for the 21st annual IGF Awards!
Indie, Design, GDC, IGF

Blog: What Bandersnatch teaches about the illusion of choice 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.03.19]
Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch' episode recently debuted, and offered viewers a lesson on the illusion of choice that developers often have to deal with.
Design

Opinion: Here's what 2019 will be like for the game biz 15
by Joost van Dreunen [01.03.19]
In this opinion piece SuperData Research founder Joost van Dreunen examines 10 major trends for 2019, from a fresh wave of consolidations to a fragmentation of PC game marketplaces.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Animating expansion packs for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt  
by Staff [01.02.19]
CD Projekt Red's Sebastian Kalemba discusses the most important upgrades in CD Projekt RED's pipeline and workflow while producing two expansions for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, Video

Valve shares data on Steam's most popular game/controller pairings 2
by Emma Kidwell [01.02.19]
Valve published a blog with the top controller-friendly games on Steam for 2018, and the analysis provides guides to help players find games they might enjoy with the kind of controller they own. 
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Devs weigh in on the best ways to use (but not abuse) procedural generation 3
by Staff [01.02.19]
Devs on Into the Breach, Astroneer, and Moon Hunters chat with Gamasutra about how they've learned to best use proc-gen techniques in their games -- and what other devs looking to start should know.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Get expert advice on building hyper-casual mobile hits at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.02.19]
Come out to GDC 2019 this year to get a guided tour of what it takes to succeed in hyper-casual game design, from Double Coconut chief (and Telltale/Digital Chocolate alum) David Fox!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ducking up the game design of Mutant: Year Zero
by Bryant Francis [01.02.19]
Some of the minds behind Mutant: Year Zero break down what they learned about game design and riffing on the XCOM formula.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: End Of The Year Extravaganza 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.30.18]
This week's video game article & video highlights include another gigantic chunk of 'end of year' charts, discourses, thoughts and ruminations.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Sony PlayStation, Sucker Punch, and many more are hiring now!  
by Staff [12.28.18]
From Backend Engineers to Community Managers, here are just some of the job openings being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production

Best of 2018: The Heartbeat Symposium - Exploring love, sex, and intimacy in games  
by Joel Couture [12.28.18]
The Blushbox Collective's Katie Stegs chats about The Heartbeat Symposium, a 3-day event that seeks to bring devs together to explore (through game jams and talks) intimacy, love, and sex in games.
Indie, Design